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Silent Light (2007)

Stellet Licht (original title)
In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas

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Cast

Credited cast:
Cornelio Wall Cornelio Wall ... Johan
Miriam Toews Miriam Toews ... Esther
Maria Pankratz ... Marianne
Peter Wall Peter Wall ... Padre
Jacobo Klassen Jacobo Klassen ... Zacarias
Elizabeth Fehr Elizabeth Fehr ... Madre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Brel ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Johan (Cornelio Wall Fehr), a Mennonite living in Mexico, is tormented with guilt over his extramarital affair with Marianne (Maria Pankratz). His father (Peter Wall), best friend (Jacobo Klassen) and wife (Miriam Toews) know the truth, but Johan's suffering has to do with his faith, which he can't reconcile with his deeds. Written by dfwforeignbuff

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico | France | Netherlands | Germany

Language:

Low German | Spanish | French | English

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Chihuahua, Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

€980,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,967, 11 January 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,293, 1 February 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mexico's official submission for the 80th Academy Awards, and the first film from that country that is not in Spanish. Under AMPAS's new rules for Best Foreign-Language Film, it is eligible for a nomination. See more »

Soundtracks

Les Bonbons
Written and performed by Jacques Brel
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Helps you going out of your fantasy bubble...
28 April 2008 | by dasevilengelSee all my reviews

As a Mexican, I forget that this country is formed not only by cities'and country inhabitants. There is an almost infinite number of variables between those to macro worlds. A movie like this helps you remember how diverse and rich human race is, and that you are surrounded by so many different types of individuals, but it's just that you don't want to look carefully. This movie is really art cinema, and it was great for me watching this kind of production in a commercial location. From the moment of the initial sequence -that resembles the long scenes in Russian movies and theater- I knew that what I was about to witness was a display of delightful movie making. This one is definitely not for the average movie goer that wants to see explosions all over the place and easy to understand plots. No, definitely not. But If you are one of those, I strongly encourage you to see it, but do that with an open mind, knowing that it will be an extremely hard to digest film. And sometimes, you need to sacrifice something in order to enjoy the worthy things in life. And with the closing sequence, parallel to the opening one, I felt I paid to watch a real movie, and believe me, that does not happen often to me.


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